First things first: To all participating in this forum: Sorry for the delay in replying but I’ve been promoting the “Ayn Rand in Argentina” news to all Objectivist, atheist and individual liberty defending organizations I know worldwide (there are close to 500 on my record). Now to each participant separately:
Bridget: Your words are talking to my soul. Perhaps, later on, there will be a Dagnar Danneskjöld who will act following Rand’s principle of justice that “Nobody has a right to initiate an act of violence against another person or persons” and the connected right to defense if such an act of violence is started. At that time he can than point at the act of vandalism against “Grito Sagrado”. I foresaw that things like these would happen in my writing “Ayn Rand, I and the Universe” (see below paragraphs) though I thought that this would come up later, in a couple of decades or so. The fact that it happened now is a clear signal that we are father advanced on establishing Objectivism on a worldwide scale than we Objectivists ever dared to think.
From Chapter 7) THE REFUELING OF OUR POWER FOR CREATION
“All this will create a situation of clearly defined conflict. By that time, Objectivists will have to be perfectly aware that a very violent opposition will face them. The old dinosaur, in its dying contortions, will lash out furiously. This will be inevitable. A type of society that existed for at least 4 million years is finally coming to its end. It cannot be expected that it will clear the area without any ugly violence.
“We are viewing the beginning of a truly human type of society. Why we? Because we happen to be at the present state of the evolution of civilization. Anyone who has read and studied history at depth, with a broad view for repetitive details, cannot avoid the persistent notion that there is a red thread running through all events, linking every positive effort of mankind, presenting itself in every productive strife, in every rational intellectual act, in every betterment of life. It can also be noticed in the efforts made to eliminate the horrors which humanity had to withstand in its long road: the dictatorships of the monarchical and feudal times, the slavedoms, the tyrannies, the Inquisitions, the Holocausts of all types and the wars, the plagues, the famines, the pains and the brutality produced by mankind's enemies.”
Teresa: I never thought that you would ever contact me again (after the disagreement of justice vs. law) and, due to the reason given at the beginning of this reply, my good friend Mario Tinto was faster to provide you with an answer. I think that your Spanglish (with the little help of a pocket Spanish-English dictionary) should suffice to read “El autoritarismo y la improductividad” (See http://www.amazon.com/Autoritarismo-Improductividad-Hispanoamerica-Authoritarianism-Unproductiveness/dp/9500720973/ref=sr_1_12/002-0684010-3830446?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179581437&sr=1-12) and besides meeting a very, very good writer who is also a great historian, Garcia Hamilton’s book is pleasant reading indeed. Unfortunately, no translation into English has been published up to now. Another excellent book, written by three former Marxists (Mendoza, Montaner and the son of Mario Vargas Llosa, who was a lefty himself years ago - converts have amazing arguments in favor of Capitalism once they changed sides) is “Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot” (also obtainable from Amazon, and this time in English!). May I recommend you to read it.
Philip: Thanks for the kudos. I didn’t know that ITOE has been translated into Japanese. I’ve read http://aynrandinlatinamerica.blogspot.com/ and informed Alan Tucker about my article in “Rebirth” for he may want to add it to his “history” of Ayn Rand publications in Latin America. Thanks for the lead.
Mario: Qué sorpresa encontrarte a vos en este antro de perdición, Objetivismo y Capitalismo! Bienvenido! And now back to English: It’s really great to meet you at “Rebirth of Reason”. Look through its pages which are all filled with excellent and deep articles that will give you countless hours of great insight and fruitful reading. Hope to read more of your comments soon.